It was quite a year for Canes’ rookie Justin Faulk. After spending the first three games of the season up with the big boys, Faulk was sent down to Charlotte for a dozen games to get some more playing time under his belt. Once he returned to the Hurricanes on November 18th, 2011 against the Sabres, he never looked back. In total, the 20-year-old played 66 games for the Canes and registered 22 points (8G, 14A) in the process. Even though he was a -16 at the end of the season, Faulk was put into big time situations playing against top players in the league. At the end of the season, Faulk played for Team USA during the IIHF world championship. While Team USA didn’t end up winning the gold, Faulk was an integral part of the team, including scoring the overtime winner against Kazakhstan. As one of the Canes’ “core” for the future, big things are expected out of Faulk during the 2012-13 season as many Caniacs hope for him to have a sensational sophomore season.
Until then, check out some of Faulk’s highlights from this past season:
Power play goal against the Sabres on 1/6/2012 (beginning at 0:14):
Against the Bruins on 1/14/2012 (beginning at 1:22):
On the power play against the Sharks on 2/17/2012:
A bit of a scrap with Troy Brouwer on 2/20/2012:
Overtime winner against the Caps on 3/6/2012:
Finally, the overtime game winner during the IIHF World Championship on 5/11/12: